Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell Review

Bells and whistles included
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A video doorbell is probably one of the most important cameras you can get when it comes to home security. Having video coverage at your door lets you see who’s coming and going and who is approaching your door.

The Google Nest Hello is the video doorbell in the Nest line of premium products. Retailing at $230, you are also paying the price for that premium. To get the most out of your investment in the video doorbell, you’ll want to sign up for the Nest Aware subscription.

Google Nest Hello video doorbell specs
ModelPricePower typeStorage typeLearn more
Google Nest Hello$229.00HardwiredCloudView at Lowe's

List prices as of 07/22/2020. Data subject to change.

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Nest Hello unboxing

The Nest Hello video doorbell includes everything you need for it’s wired installation, even a drill bit for masonry with anchors and screws. The release tools are a nice addition for releasing it from the bracket as needed.

For the chime, there are two different connectors: wired or clips. The box also includes extension wires, the 15° angle bracket, and the wall plate.

Nest Hello doorbell camera installed by front door

Google Nest app

After using the Nest Hello for a few weeks, I’m impressed with how fast the notifications come through and how fast the app loads. When the app loads up, you are met with a live view almost instantly. This is also the case when you have multiple cameras.

The software is intuitive and easy to use. The instant someone pushes that doorbell, you’re going to get a notification. If you push and hold the notification, it’s going to give you an image of what’s happening at the door.

You have the option to send a quick response, or you can tap on the video to load up a live view. From there, you can either decide to talk to the person, use one of the three quick responses, or just close out the call.

Nest Hello camera

The 4×3 aspect ratio gives you a larger range as opposed to a normal 16×9 image. If you have a Nest Aware subscription, the camera will be running 24 hours a day, causing it to use more power than a typical event-based camera. This is why it relies on a wired connection instead of battery power.

The quality is amazing on this camera because it shoots in 2K.

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Nest Hello automations

The Google ecosystem has been adding Google Assistant to a lot more of its products. If you have other devices that are compatible with Google Assistant or even the Google Wi-Fi mesh system, they can connect with your Google Nest Hello. When someone pushes your doorbell, it will announce the event on all of those devices throughout your home.

The Nest Hello’s box doesn’t list what compatibility it has with Amazon products, but I was able to incorporate the Nest Hello into my Amazon app. From the Amazon app, you can load and view the footage on a Fire TV or an Echo Show if you have those.

Nest Hello features

The facial recognition feature is robust, and as time goes on, it will start recognizing people. When you group images of an individual and add their name, the Google Assistant will announce who is at the door instead of a generic notification, which is really cool.

Quiet Mode is a thoughtful feature from Nest, and you can set it anywhere from 30 minutes up to three hours. Parents of young children may especially appreciate the feature. Not being able to program that to a schedule is a drawback, but not a deal-breaker.

Nest Aware subscription plans

Google has recently revamped the entire Nest subscription plan. Previously, all plans included 24-hour recording, which is nice, but it can be pretty expensive. Their new subscription plans seem to be more in line with competitors

Nest Aware plan pricing comparison
PlanMonthly priceYearly priceCloud storageLearn more
Nest Aware$6.00$60.0030 days event videosView at Lowe's
Nest Aware Plus$12.00$120.0060 days event videos + 10 days 24/7 videosView at Lowe's

Data effective 07/22/2020.

The two subscription plans both include intelligent alerts, sound detection, and emergency calls. Nest Aware plan is going to get you 30 days of event-only recording. The Nest Aware Plus subscription includes 60 days of event-based recording and 10 days of 24/7 recording, which is an incredible deal.

Another thing to point out with these new subscription plans is that they now cover all cameras in the price. Having the ability to have 24/7 recording and to scrub through your footage to see what is going on is a huge plus. If you’re on the fence on which subscription to get, splurge to get the $12 one just for the simple fact it has 24/7 recording.

Recap: The smartest video doorbell available

The Google Nest Hello is a fantastic product. It shoots in 2K, which makes it stand out among other video doorbells. The 4×3 aspect ratio gives you more real estate on the top and bottom for visuals. Google’s new Nest Aware subscription plans are fantastically priced, especially because they cover all cameras in the price.

If you are seeking a high-end camera that has all the bells and whistles, this is going to be the one for you.

Google Nest Hello video doorbell specs
ModelPricePower typeStorage typeLearn more
Google Nest Hello$229.00HardwiredCloudView at Lowe's

List prices as of 07/22/2020. Data subject to change.

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